Source: Greenbay Press Gazette

Nelesen memorial run enrolls 100 new donors

Event honors reporter by focusing on organ donation

By Richard Ryman

There were 100 new organ donors at the end of the day Saturday, the result of the Andy Nelesen Memorial Donor Dash.

The 5K run/walk, based at St. Brendan's Inn on the Fox River, drew 186 participants. It was to honor former Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Andy Nelesen, who died in January as the result of a burst blood vessel. Nelesen, 38, was an organ donor, and his family felt that promotingorgan donation was the best way to honor him.

"The intent was awareness, getting the word out," said Tim Nelesen, Andy's brother and an organizer of the event. "Organ donation is a good thing."

Trey Schwab, outreach coordinator for UWHealth Organ Procurement Organization, said they expected to have 100 people signed up by the end of the day. UWHealth had computers on site for instant online registration, a process it launched at the end of March.

"People can do it online any time. We are averaging about 3,000 a week," he said.

Runners and walkers took off from St. Brendan's south on the Fox River Trail on Saturday afternoon with a send-off by the Klement's Racing Sausages and were welcomed back by members of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.